Media and entertainment network Viacom18 celebrated the 73rd Independence Day with a host of integrated campaigns that celebrated the spirit of todayâ€™s India and what independence means to its citizens.Â Ranging from Colors Cineplexâ€™s #FreeFromHate, MTVâ€™s #SwagTantra, Nickelodeonâ€™s Mera Wala India to Comedy Centralâ€™s #LaughAsOne, these campaigns targeted diverse issues that are relevant to the networkâ€™s varied audiences.
#FreeFromHate by Colors Cineplex
Urging netizens to make the internet free from hate, Colors Cineplex launched a positivity challenge five days before Independence Day on social media by asking people to put up positive things or to delete a negative comment and replace it with a positive one using #FreeFromHate. The challenge concluded with an impactful film that was released on the channel on Independence Day that touched upon the subject of trolling. The film left viewers with a takeaway of simple step against cyber bulling and urged them to post a positive comment to make social media #FreeFromHate.Â The campaign reached out to the channelsâ€™ 56 M social media followers. Television and Bollywood superstars came forward to support the #FreeFromHate campaign such as Deepika Singh, Namik Paul, Anita Raj, Nimrit Kaur, Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra.
#SwagTantra by MTV
As Indiaâ€™s first crowd-sourced rap anthem, #SwagTantra, struck the right chord with MTVâ€™s loyal following this Independence Day. The SwagTantra rap reflected the voice of young India. The rap anthem was an upbeat composition based on five words: Tamasha, Bharosa, Pahad, Guroor and Jalebi that were sent in by rap lovers across the country prior to Independence Day. After the scanning, the best rap verses were featured in the SwagTantra rap. Combined with the creative expertise of these gifted rappers, who are mentored by the judges Raftaar, Nucleya and Raja Kumari, the SwagTantra Rap was instrumental in giving an edge to the young rap lovers and reinforce a wave of change with the power of words and music. The #SwagTantra campaign celebrates the rap mania that MTV Hustle has brought to India.
â€˜Mera Wala Indiaâ€™ by Nickelodeon
Kidsâ€™ entertainment channel Nickelodeon addressed the challenges India is facing despite being in the 73rd year of Independence through their innovative campaign â€˜Mera Wala Indiaâ€™. Taking a cue from what the ideal India should be from a kidsâ€™ point of view, the channel brought alive a childâ€™s version of an ideal independent India.
As a part of the initiative, the campaign witnessed children across schools conducting a Reverse March to address issues such as water conservation, safety, cleanliness, education for all and stereotyping. Popular Nicktoon Shiva led the reverse march across cities encouraging positive behavioural change among kids. With the help of its digital and social media reach, the campaign encouraged children, urging them to express their version of â€˜Mera Wala Indiaâ€™ and take a pledge to extend this positive change towards the society not only among the kids but also adults.
#LaughAsOne by Comedy Central
Comedy Central, the 24-hour English entertainment channel had a simple message this Independence Day with their campaign #LaughAsOne. Committed on making India laugh this Independence Day, Comedy Centralâ€™s #LaughAsOne celebrated Indiaâ€™s diversity because laughter has no race, religion, distinction and prejudice.
While each brand film enlivened the distinct identity of its audience, these campaigns by MTV, Colors Cineplex, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central celebrated the unique identity of Viacom18 â€“ network with a humane purpose.